It is difficult for men and women to consider the priesthood or religious life because many times they do not have the support from family or friends. It is so important for our parishes and Catholic schools to create an environment where men and women, especially the youth and young adults, can have encouragement and support to discern a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. It should be a priority, especially in our culture today, that we as Catholics help to build an environment where young people can be open to considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.
Having a column in Catholic New York where questions about vocations can be answered can help those who may be interested in discerning the priesthood or religious life and help to prepare friends and family for how to provide support and encouragement to someone who wants to discern God’s calling in his or her life. We need to pray for and encourage more vocations, especially for young men to consider the priesthood because the center of our faith is Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and without this holy vocation we do not have the holy sacrament.